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How Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long

How Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so longOnly a small percentage of sexual assaults result in criminal charges, and even fewer with convictions. As a result, many victims dont even bother filing complaints. And powerful men, from the president on down, face few lasting consequences.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:35:32 -0400
Trump Says His Predecessors Didnt Call The Families Of Fallen Service Members. That's Not True.

Trump Says His Predecessors Didnt Call The Families Of Fallen Service Members. That's Not True.WASHINGTON Facing heat for not publicly commenting on the deadly ambush of four U.S. soldiers in Niger on Oct. 4, President Donald Trump tried Monday to convince reporters that he is actually more caring and compassionate to the troops than any of his predecessors were.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:15:59 -0400
Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines Flight

Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines FlightActivist Tamika D. Mallorysaid Sunday that she was unfairly kicked off of an American Airlines flight over a seating dispute.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:05:57 -0400
Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot python

Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot pythonShocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:56:07 -0400
Iraqi federal forces seize oil-rich Kirkuk in shock blow for Kurds

Iraqi federal forces seize oil-rich Kirkuk in shock blow for KurdsIraqi federal forces seized the contested city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces almost unopposed on Monday in a stunning reversal of fortunes for Iraqs Kurds. The loss of the city and its nearby oil fields is a massive blow to dreams of independence for the Kurds, who last month held an independence referendum in anticipation of entering secession talks with Baghdad. We took Kirkuk easily, a lieutenant in the Iraqi federal police Emergency Response Division told the Telegraph via telephone on Monday. We are all brothers, there were not problems, some of the Kurdish Peshmerga even took pictures with me, said the 27-year-old, who gave his first name as Moqtader. The Kurdistan Regional Governments Security Council reported that Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces attacked in a major, multi-pronged operation that deployed US military equipment, including Abrams tanks and Humvees. The statement also said Peshmerga Forces have destroyed at least five US Humvees used by PMF. Most Peshmerga forces withdrew from the contested city without fighting however after Baghdad issued the Kurds an ultimatum to pull back to pre-2014 positions. Long columns of armoured vehicles and pick up trucks filled with Kurdish fighters withdrew from positions around the city on Monday, jamming roads already crowded with fleeing Kurdish civilians who said they felt abandoned and feared Shia militias entering the city. Military vehicles enter Kirkuk Credit: Stringer/Reuters They cheated us and weve been betrayed, a Kurdish man Kawa Mustafa Mohamed shouted from his car as he and his family waited in heavy traffic to leave the city. I dont know where Im going now but my father was killed by the Iraqis and I dont want that to happen to my family. Another man, Malla Bahir, had packed five of family members and piles of hastily gathered possessions crammed in his pick up truck. I want to keep my daughters and wife safe, he said. Left behind were disorganised bands of enraged Kurdish gunmen who vowed to defend the city. Only us volunteers fought, not the Peshmerga, said Hardi Farouk, a 27-year old in bleached blue jeans clutching an AK-47 assault rifle in south Kirkuk. Moments earlier a pickup truck carrying two grievously injured Kurdish fighters had careened through the intersection where Forouk stood and then the lightly armed band of Kurdish men nearby started firing their weapons in the direction of the distant K1 military base which had just been seized by Iraqi forces. Shortly afterwards mortars began exploding nearby and soon after the men had scattered a convoy of Iraqi federal forces would enter the city unopposed. The prospect of a new civil war in the ethnically mixed city is a potential boon for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The international coalition said it was closely monitoring the situation and urged all sides to avoid escalatory actions. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former British Army officer now advising the Kurdish Peshmerga, said: The greatest evil everywhere is Isil and the greatest threat to the UK is Isil. Its the defeat of Islamic State that is key and the trouble is people in Iraq believe that the fight against Isil is over and its focused in Raqqa and Syria. But there are still pockets in Iraq and anything that deflects from that could have a global impact. The Foreign Office in London last night urged "calm on all sides" and said it wanted to "encourage steps to de-escalate tensions in Kirkuk". Iraqi boys walk over the Kurdish flag in Kirkuk Credit: Stringer/Reuters Kurdish forces have controlled Kirkuk since summer 2014 when federal forces abandoned their defences ahead of an Islamic State advance across northern Iraq. Since then the Kurds have exported oil from Kirkuk fields some 350,000 barrels of oil per day a critical contribution to their economy since Baghdad stopped budget payments to the region following a dispute over oil revenues in 2015. In recent weeks Baghdad stepped up demands for the return of Kirkuk and its oil fields after the Kurds proceeded with holding a disputed referendum on independence that extended voting to disputed territories. Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi took pains to portray the military operation as being in the interests of Iraqi citizens. In a statement released Monday, he said: We assure our people in Kurdistan and in Kirkuk in particular that we are keen on their safety and best interest. We have only acted to fulfill our constitutional duty to extend the federal authority and impose security and protect the national wealth in this city, which we want to remain a city of peaceful coexistence for all Iraqis. Both federal and Kurdish leaders have attempted to paint the other as aggressors in the dispute. Peshmerga will continue to defend Kurdistan, its peoples and interests, wrote the Kurdistan Regional Governments Security Council. Not all Kirkuk residents were dismayed by the change in control in the city. Photos shared on social media showed Turkmen residents celebrating in the streets near the citadel at the heart of the city and Iraqi Arabs bringing tea and sweets to advancing federal forces. A banner showing an image of the Kurdish regional president Massoud Barzani, as Iraqi forces advance towards Kirkuk Credit: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP In other areas though, Kurdish men said they would fight to the death despite their leaders decision to withdraw from the city. Im going to stay to the end, said Baran Abdullah, a 25-year-old Peshmerga fighter who said hed come to the city without orders with his father and two brothers after seeing the news on television. As he stood on an overpass, vehicles continued streaming out of the city passed an enormous statue of a Kurdish fighter. The 26-metre high edifice was recently inaugurated by former Kirkuk governor Najmaddin Karim in honour of the Kurdish fighters who had defended the city against Isis in 2014. Our leaders sold us out, they sold Kirkuk and they sold the martyrs, said Abdullah. Standing alongside him were two female fighters from the the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). On Sunday evening the National Security Council in Baghdad had characterised the presence of the outlawed militant group in the city as a declaration of war by the Kurds, despite the fact that they had been in the city since 2014. The women declined to be interviewed but said the PKK would also stay to defend the city. Just hours later though, photos shared online showed Iraqi forces stationed next to the statue amid reports that federal control over the city was complete.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:44 -0400
In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding Stars

In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding StarsScientists for the first time have detected both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two dead, incredibly dense neutron stars.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:43:43 -0400
Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second time

Woman facing deportation seeks sanctuary a second timeDENVER (AP) A Peruvian woman has sought sanctuary for a second time in Colorado rather than board a Tuesday flight to her native country as ordered by U.S. immigration authorities, supporters said.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:52:03 -0400
US strikes kill 'dozens' at IS training camps

US strikes kill 'dozens' at IS training campsThe US military said on Monday it killed dozens of Islamic State fighters at the group's training camps in central Yemen, in the first such strikes in the country's conflict. Locals said the camps, both in Bayda province, were named after prominent IS figures: Yemen chief Abu Bilal al-Harbi and former global spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, killed last summer in a US air strike. This is the first time allies of Yemen's internationally recognised government have announced raids against IS footholds.

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:20:40 -0400
Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweet

Newt, it takes just a few seconds to proofread a tweetTypos are a fact of life. Today's example: Newt Gingrich, tweeting his steadfast support for "Presideent Trtump." In the words of the former speaker of the House, "Trtump was rermarkably stgroing in hius joint press event with" Senator Mitch McConnell held earlier Monday at the White House. A glowing review! SEE ALSO: Trump and Mitch McConnell formally announce bromance in weird Rose Garden press conference Gingrich has replaced the original tweet with a legible version. "Sometimes my ideas are faster than my fingers," he claims, which...fine. Just for future ref, Newt it takes about three seconds to proofread a tweet before pressing send. So close, Newt. pic.twitter.com/JZZwkSOVTy Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 16, 2017 this was Trump tweeting while Newt struggled to take his phone back pic.twitter.com/HKHSQ1K8jR thomas violence (@thomas_violence) October 16, 2017 Its not a good look to try to defend the president when youre drunk Newt: Frist off aal, pic.twitter.com/0HX6stfRtN alex tumay (@alextumay) October 16, 2017 pic.twitter.com/7mH3Dsmd4A _ (@MikeIsaac) October 16, 2017 Newt Gingrich is trying to bring back Weird Twitter. pic.twitter.com/c4kClYrORb ParaNorbit (@TimDuffy) October 16, 2017 WATCH: This wearable Bluetooth device will turn any surface into a keyboard

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:31:57 -0400
'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning death

'Very unusual' mistrial in woman's burning deathBATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) The jury in the tense murder trial of a Mississippi man charged with setting a 19-year-old friend on fire and leaving her to die handed a bailiff a note: They have reached a verdict.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:25:52 -0400
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